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People First!
People First!

Why it makes sense to think about the purpose of work.

“As a Manager, How Can I Learn a ‘Hands Off’ Approach?”
“As a Manager, How Can I Learn a ‘Hands Off’ Approach?”

(without having my anxiety go through the roof in the process).

The New New
The New New

In the last 100 years, the world has become increasingly complex. Now, more than ever, organizations must grasp this complexity and respond to it quickly and appropriately. This new column explains how it works.

How Pandemics Change the World
How Pandemics Change the World

The COVID-19 outbreak will not only have a direct impact on our lives and economies now – the consequences will continue to preoccupy us for several years, if not decades.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up When Things Are Not Perfect
Don’t Beat Yourself Up When Things Are Not Perfect

Ramona Marcionetti, PR and Marketing Manager / Kids: Gion (9 months)

A Defined (But Flexible!) Routine Works Wonders
A Defined (But Flexible!) Routine Works Wonders

Andrew Savikas, Chief Strategy Officer / Kids: Adler (7) and Ada (4)

Working from Home with Kids
Working from Home with Kids

getAbstract parents share their experiences and tips – an introduction

getAbstract Gets Moving
getAbstract Gets Moving

The government shut down the gyms and told us to stay home – and now my neighborhood is full of joggers. Something funny seems to be happening here.

The Less Important Things Will Just Have to Wait (Including Laundry)
The Less Important Things Will Just Have to Wait (Including Laundry)

Anna Wehrt, PR and Communications Manager / Kids: Charlotte (2)

“How Do I Organize Myself When I Pursue Further Education Alongside My Job?”
“How Do I Organize Myself When I Pursue Further Education Alongside My Job?”

So that the dream does not turn into a time-juggling nightmare, you should follow these rules.

“How Can I Personally Contribute to a Positive Company Culture?”
“How Can I Personally Contribute to a Positive Company Culture?”

Every company has its culture. But if you haven’t yet realised, it’s up to you to change it.

“How Can I Cope With a Possible Loss of Control in My Professional or Private Life?”
“How Can I Cope With a Possible Loss of Control in My Professional or Private Life?”

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. No matter!

“Everything Will Be All Right” – Hopefully
Gundula Stoll (left): “A woman in our village, who used to sew underwear on contract, has made 100 face masks for everyone […] People have been painting, crocheting and embroidering rainbows with the tagline #andratuttobene - #everythingwillbeallright”
“Everything Will Be All Right” – Hopefully

Almost three weeks into the total lockdown in Italy, there may be some hopeful signs hidden in the gloom. Yet when I last wrote about the potential impact of restrictions on people’s overall health, I…

The One Thing That Helped the Most Was the Company’s Flexibility
The One Thing That Helped the Most Was the Company’s Flexibility

Haike Finch-Schattka, Editorial Recruiting and Managing Editor / Kids: Girl (6) and Boy (4) 

“How Do I Overcome Fears and Get Ahead?”
“How Do I Overcome Fears and Get Ahead?”

Fear is a bad adviser. Fortunately, there is good advice to get rid of it.

Go Outside into Nature Every Second You Are Not Working, Sleeping or Eating
Go Outside into Nature Every Second You Are Not Working, Sleeping or Eating

Sara Kuepfer, Writer / Kids: Anjali, 8

Work While They Sleep (Unless You Have to Sleep While They Sleep)
Work While They Sleep (Unless You Have to Sleep While They Sleep)

Erica Rauzin, Senior Managing Editor / Kids: two girls and a boy (all adults), two baby grandsons

#getTogether
#getTogether

Firsthand knowledge, put into the right context: our new live reading club.

Be More Forgiving (and Put on Your Noise-Cancelling Headphones)
Be More Forgiving (and Put on Your Noise-Cancelling Headphones)

Heather Hodel, Managing Editor of the Classics Library / Kids: Evelyn (6) and Laura (2) 

Set Boundaries!
Set Boundaries!

Holli Addison, Account Manager / Kids: Isabelle (15) Savannah (13)

Without Exercise, You’ll Go Nuts
Without Exercise, You’ll Go Nuts

Elisabeth Nitzsche, Managing Editor / Kids: Finnley (4 years) and Magnus (18 months)

Turn a Corner and There Is Hope
Turn a Corner and There Is Hope

For the first time in months, we are receiving good news from China: The number of domestic cases of COVID-19 reported there just dropped to zero. So, what is life like in Beijing? And what…

Locked Up and Going Loco?
The same view of the Corso of Spoleto as last week, but in daylight. (Gundula Stoll)
Locked Up and Going Loco?

Today it’s day 10 of the total lockdown that has effectively turned all of Italy into a ghost country: Bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses must remain closed, and people are only allowed to leave their…

Keep a Maximum of Doors Shut
Keep a Maximum of Doors Shut

Koni Gebistorf, Executive Editor / Kids: Mina (2)

See the Positive in It
Photo by Pablo Merchán Montes on Unsplash
See the Positive in It

Marc Wiest, Co-head IT, Web-Engineer / Kids: Malina (5) and Niklas (3)

“Locked Up: How Do I Prepare My Family and Myself for a Coronavirus Quarantine?”
“Locked Up: How Do I Prepare My Family and Myself for a Coronavirus Quarantine?”

You can still make the best out of this period of isolation.

“What Is the Secret of Remote Working?”
Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash
“What Is the Secret of Remote Working?”

The coronavirus pandemic is currently forcing many companies to advise employees to work from home. Here are four steps to help make this organizational crisis a success.

“How Can I Combat Loneliness as a Remote Worker?”
“How Can I Combat Loneliness as a Remote Worker?”

Admit to and be pro-active about your feelings of loneliness.

“How Do You Make Remote Learning Fun and Successful?”
“How Do You Make Remote Learning Fun and Successful?”

It’s just you and a computer screen. Yes, you can learn this way, but you will need fellow travelers to keep you on track.

“Anxiety and Social Distancing Are Depressing. What Can I Do?”
“Anxiety and Social Distancing Are Depressing. What Can I Do?”

Three books, so you can keep your head up.

“How Do I Convince My Relatives and Colleagues to Take Social Distancing Seriously?”
“How Do I Convince My Relatives and Colleagues to Take Social Distancing Seriously?”

One uncomfortable situation, three ways to get out of it.

Why Put the Coronavirus into Context?

Only by considering the many facets and consequences of the coronavirus outbreak can we fully grasp its many implications on global society, businesses and individual lives.

“How Do I Work Without Being in the Same Room With My Colleagues?”
“How Do I Work Without Being in the Same Room With My Colleagues?”

Here are our best tips for coordinating operations eye to eye over long distances.

“Let’s Stop This Together”
Picture from the abandoned small town of Spoleto yesterday evening 6.30 pm - actually peak time for the Passeggiata, when the Spoletini usually walk up and down the street, have an aperitivo, and above all want to see and be seen. (Gundula Stoll)
“Let’s Stop This Together”

Italy is the first European country affected by a large-scale coronavirus outbreak – being about eight to 10 days ahead of development in other major countries. What is the current situation on the ground? And…

FOCUS: The Decline of Democracy
FOCUS: The Decline of Democracy

The think tank Freedom House has published a “Freedom in the World” report every year since 1973. Last week, it released its latest edition – and it recorded the fourteenth straight year of deteriorating freedom.

How to Lead Remote Employees in the Wake of COVID-19
How to Lead Remote Employees in the Wake of COVID-19

Six pieces of practical advice to turn a challenge into a chance.

“How Do I Respond to a Serious Corporate Crisis?”
“How Do I Respond to a Serious Corporate Crisis?”

Stock market prices are falling, the workforce is threatened with illness – and you have to keep a cool head?

All About AI – Part I: What is AI, Anyway?
All About AI – Part I: What is AI, Anyway?

There’s a lot of talk about artificial intelligence these days, but what is AI exactly? Does a spellchecker qualify as AI? What about your voice assistant? Or the chess computer that can easily beat any…

“What Are Future Society’s Biggest Challenges?”
“What Are Future Society’s Biggest Challenges?”

The climate crisis, migration, artificial intelligence – these are just some of the challenges our kids will be grappling with.

“How Can I Get My Financial Life in Order?”
“How Can I Get My Financial Life in Order?”

In need of a financial road map, but no idea where to start? There you go!

“What Is Keeping CEOs Awake at Night?”
Photo by Darius Bashar on Unsplash
“What Is Keeping CEOs Awake at Night?”

There are about a thousand click-bait articles out there with this title – but only one library of compressed knowledge that has enough answers at hand to call those nightmares “a thing of the past”…

“How Do I Gain Energy and Enjoy Better Health?”
“How Do I Gain Energy and Enjoy Better Health?”

No Sweat: Find your motivation and set goals!

“How Can Technology Be Designed to Benefit Humans?”
“How Can Technology Be Designed to Benefit Humans?”

The vast majority of apps are designed to keep us hooked. It does – and mustn’t – be this way.

“How Can I Improve My Ability to Remember?”
“How Can I Improve My Ability to Remember?”

Implement a seven-step program to control and optimize your memory!

“How Can I Avoid Technology’s Negative Impacts?”
“How Can I Avoid Technology’s Negative Impacts?”

Technology is stealing our time, robbing us of sleep and hurting our personal relationships. It’s time to take back control of our lives.

“People Who Don’t Feel Respected Will Not Want to Show Up Every Day and Contribute to Your Organization.”
“People Who Don’t Feel Respected Will Not Want to Show Up Every Day and Contribute to Your Organization.”

A millennial herself, Crystal Kadakia provides globally relevant insight into her generation in her book, The Millennial Myth. Here, she shares some of her thoughts on how to attract millennial talent.

It Shouldn’t Take a Virus to Let Employees Work from Home
It Shouldn’t Take a Virus to Let Employees Work from Home

The hidden benefits of remote work are surprisingly plentiful.

Welcome to Our Journal!
Welcome to Our Journal!

Here is what you’ll find on our new digital platform, why we’re launching the project, and what you can expect from it.

Do an A-to-Z Scavenger Hunt at Home and the Kids Will Love It
Do an A-to-Z Scavenger Hunt at Home and the Kids Will Love It

Lauren Cooper, Social Media Manager / Kids: Annalisa (8), Anthony (7) and Mack (5)